• Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. "No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful," Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls. "I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you," she added. "We have so much hope and dreams for you." Obama was not among the honorees at Saturday night's festivities, held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. That distinction went to actress Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Erykah Badu, actress Cicely Tyson, "Selma" dir

  • Jolie delivers empowerment message at Kids' Choice Awards

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids' Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie's message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck. Jolie, who has sought to inspire women with public candor about her own health, said that "different is good" as she accepted the favorite villain award Saturday for her movie role as the title character in "Maleficent." When she was young, Jolie said, "I was told I was different. And I felt out of place: too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in." "When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud," she said, then added with a wink, "cause a little trouble. It's good for you.

  • 2014 Texas APME Awards List

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WACO, Texas (AP) — The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors presented its 2014 journalism awards at its annual convention Saturday. Overall winners in the Star categories will be announced Sunday. ______ STAR REPORTER OF THE YEAR Class AAAA: First, Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle; Second, Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News; Third, Jeremy Schwartz, Austin American-Statesman; Honorable mention, Christy Hoppe, Dallas Morning News. Class AAA: First, Jacob Fischler, McAllen Monitor; Second, Avi Zaleon, Beaumont Enterprise; Third, Marty Schladen, El Paso Times; Honorable mention, Kenneth Dean, Tyler Morning Telegraph; Honorable mention, Chris Ramirez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

  • 'Daily Show' segment features pot-eating Oregon deer

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    RUCH, Ore. (AP) — A YouTube video has transformed a laid-back deer named Sugar Bob that lives on the grounds of the Applegate River Lodge into a late-night television star. And like a true diva, Sugar Bob declines to stoop to the level of actually interacting with the media. Instead, the former forest denizen leaves that distasteful chore to Richard Davis, who co-owns the lodge with his wife, Joanna. In fact, when Davis handed the phone to Sugar Bob to talk to a reporter recently, there was nothing but silence, which forced Davis to take back the receiver and handle the interview. Sugar Bob and Davis stole the show Wednesday night on the satirical "Daily Show" program, which is hosted by Jon Stewart and airs on the Co

  • New documentary ramps up pressure on Scientology


    Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney and Austin writer Lawrence Wright will be stepping up pressure on followers of the Church of Scientology on Sunday when “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” airs on HBO. While the documentary is based on Wright’s book about the religion founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, it takes a more explicit stance than the book in calling for such prominent Scientologists as Tom Cruise and John Travolta to speak out about church’s alleged physical abuse of members and proposing that the IRS reconsider its 1993 classification of Scientology as a tax-exempt religion.

  • Cuban rips refs; tweets it's 'criminal' foul calls that Monta Ellis doesn't get, says fans should post video


    Owner Mark Cuban has done a commendable job of biting his tongue this season with regard to officiating, but he couldn’t hold back any longer Friday night after the Mavericks’ 94-76 loss to San Antonio. Cuban said a season-long trend of non-calls on Monta Ellis has simply gotten to epidemic proportions. “What set me off was Monta’s drive to the basket, where he got hit in the face, (Tim) Duncan got his body lower and his hands were down and (referee) Monty McCutchen said he was straight up and down,” Cuban said, referring to a defender’s position when contact is made with a shooter. “Say he missed it? Cool. Say he’ll look at it? Cool. Say you weren’t sure? Cool. Say it wasn’t your call? Cool.

  • Police make arrest in threat that delayed Hernandez trial


    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a man who they say called in a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of the Massachusetts courthouse where Aaron Hernandez's murder trial is being held. Fall River police arrested 55-year-old Paul Haddad of Westwood on Thursday night. Haddad is being held without bail after being arraigned Friday. It's not known if he has a lawyer who could comment on the accusations. A hearing will be held next week to determine if Haddad is too dangerous to be released on bail pending trial. Police say Thursday's threat had nothing to do with Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player.

  • Hot Rod Hundley, former NBA player and Jazz announcer, dies

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Hot Rod Hundley, the former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years, died Friday. He was 80. The Jazz said Hundley died at his home in the Phoenix area. Hundley broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974-2009. He joined the franchise before its first season in New Orleans in 1974-75 and moved with the team to Salt Lake City in 1979-80. "Hot Rod was the voice of the Utah Jazz for 35 years and his voice was synonymous with Jazz radio," Jazz owner Gail Miller said in a statement. "The expressions he used throughout the game broadcasts are legendary. He had the unique ability to make the game come to life so that you felt as though you could see what was happening on the floor whe

  • F. Glenn Miller Jr.'s capital murder trial set for August

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Despite strenuous objections from his defense team, an anti-Semite accused of killing three Christians outside Jewish facilities in Overland Park insisted Friday that he receive a speedy trial. A judge obliged, setting Aug. 17 as the start date. If no delays happen, this will be the fastest a Kansas death penalty case ever proceeded to trial after the arraignment, lawyers said. F. Glenn Miller Jr.’s attorneys wanted to wait until next March, arguing that they would be “unprepared, ineffective and incompetent” without additional time to prepare his defense. But when Johnson County District Judge Kelly Ryan asked Miller if he wanted to waive his right to being tried within 150 days of his arraignment, as Kansa

  • Taraji P. Henson apologizes for racial profiling allegation

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Taraji P. Henson has apologized to police in the Southern California city of Glendale for accusing an officer of racially profiling her son. Henson posted a statement on Instagram Friday afternoon, hours after the Glendale Police Department released video of a traffic stop of the actress' son that showed the officer respectfully dealing with the 20-year-old. "A mother's job is not easy and neither is a police officer's," Henson wrote on the social networking site. "Sometimes as humans we overreact without gathering all the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize. "Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son," Henson wrote.

  • Star Mazda driver hospitalized with broken hip and pelvis

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Michael Johnson was hospitalized after breaking his hip and pelvis in a crash in the Pro Mazda Series at St. Petersburg. Johnson hit the Turn 3 wall in the opening practice session Friday on the temporary street course through the streets of St. Petersburg. Dr. Jeffery Johnson of the Bayfront Medical Center said Johnson is in the intensive care unit undergoing observation. Johnson was paralyzed from the mid-chest area down in a 2005 racing accident on a motorcycle when he was 12.

  • Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial. Shayanna Jenkins was called by prosecutors after being granted immunity, which means she was ordered to testify by the court or face time behind bars. Jenkins, Hernandez's high school sweetheart and the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, appeared to be a reluctant and careful witness, pausing for long periods before answering and saying she couldn't remember details of the time surrounding the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating her younger sister. Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park near the hom

  • Panthers claim OL Jonathan Martin, victim in Dolphins’ bullying scandal

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The Panthers have claimed offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, the victim in the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal two years ago, the team announced Friday. Martin was waived by San Francisco on Thursday after he appeared in 15 games last season, including nine starts at right tackle. Martin, 25, was Miami’s second-round draft pick in 2012 and started 16 games as a rookie. But he left the team in October 2013 after persistent bullying by former teammate Richie Incognito. Martin is the second player associated with the bullying scandal to play for the Panthers.

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for March 28

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. FLORIDA HOUSE: BUY FLAGS MADE IN AMERICA Cities, counties and state government will have to buy state and American flags made in the United States under a bill passed by the Florida House. The House on Friday voted 110-2 for the "All American Flag Act." But the vote triggered a debate about whether the mandate itself is American. Some legislators said that forcing local and state government to buy flags made in the United States was "anti-capitalist" and a "restraint of trade.

  • Mannequins by designer Ralph Pucci fill NYC exhibition

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A room full of mannequins is the subject of a new museum exhibition in New York City. They're the creation of designer Ralph Pucci — who elevates these dummies to a sculptural art form. The Museum of Arts and Design says "The Art of the Mannequin" is the first museum show to survey the form of the mannequin. It runs from Tuesday through Aug. 30. Pucci's craftsmanship ranges from anatomically realistic creations to abstract, totem-like forms. There's a mannequin doing a handstand. Another is decidedly pregnant. Pucci's mannequins are a reflection of the cultural trends of the past 30 years.

  • A-Rod cousin pleads guilty in Florida steroids case

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star's longtime personal assistant pleaded guilty Friday to a federal drug charge, the last remaining defendant in the probe into steroids illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic. Yuri Sucart, 52, admitted Friday in Miami federal court that he conspired with others to distribute human growth hormone to athletes, some of high school age. Seven others, including former Biogenesis of America clinic owner Anthony Bosch, have previously pleaded guilty and received sentences ranging from probation to four years in prison. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Sucart faces between eight and 14 months in prison at sentencing June 4

  • 'Teen Mom 3' star's ex charged with posting explicit images

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The ex-boyfriend of a star of MTV's "Teen Mom 3" has been charged with posting sexually explicit images on social media sites. Shakiel Brown was charged Tuesday with felony video voyeurism and released on bond Thursday in Orlando. Authorities say he posted the images of 20-year-old Briana DeJesus after she refused to speak to him following their breakup. DeJesus told authorities she had no idea Brown had posted the videos on Instagram and Twitter. Orange County deputies say the videos were recorded during consensual sex. The Orlando Sentinel (http://goo.gl/6JeYCi ) reports that the videos have since been removed from his social media accounts. Jail records didn't list an attorney to reach fo

  • Actress Drea de Matteo loses apartment in NYC blast

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Among those who lost their homes in the powerful blast and fire in Manhattan's East Village was former "Sopranos" actress Drea de Matteo. The actress took to Instagram Thursday to share two dramatic photos of firefighters battling smoke and flames. "A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood," she wrote in one caption. "RIP 123 2nd Avenue." The photos appeared to be taken from a rooftop across the street. The explosion at 123 Second Avenue caused the collapse of three five-story buildings and damage to a fourth, which was seven stories tall. The Red Cross says the buildings had about 50 apartments. The 43-year-old de Matteo, who has two children, played a mob girlfriend-turned-FBI informa

  • Thomas wins E3 Harelbeke classic; Cancellara hurt in crash

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    HARELBEKE, Belgium (AP) — British rider Geraint Thomas won the E3 Harelbeke classic on Friday after launching a late attack, while three-time winner Fabian Cancellara sustained two minor fractures to his lower back after being caught in a crash. The 34-year-old Cancellara was among several riders downed in a mass crash on a cobblestone section about 40 kilometers (25 miles) into the race. The Trek Factory Racing team says the Swiss rider will miss the rest of the Classics campaign. "It all happened so fast. Someone slammed the brakes and there was no way to go, just straight into it," said Cancellara, who will miss the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix classics. "I flew over a couple of riders and then landed in a pile of

  • Bill Clinton's 'flaws' the subject of off-Broadway musical

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Clintons are going back to the White House this spring — onstage, that is. "Clinton the Musical," the brainchild of two Australian brothers, makes its off-Broadway debut in April with a hysterical premise and a gentle look back at the '90s. The play celebrates the first baby-boomer president — the one who preferred briefs to boxers, played a sax on national TV, presided over an economic boom and got himself impeached. "The thing that endeared Bill Clinton and continues to endear him to the American public is that he was a very identifiable human being," said Paul Hodge, who wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the story. "He was clearly human and he had flaws like everyone.